This strategy is paying off for the international market leader in top-loading packaging machines: “In spite of high investment costs, we were able to maintain our margins in the past financial year at the positive level of the previous year. We are very satisfied with this overall development and intend to continue to consolidate and expand our leading position in the industry over the long term,” explains Peter Gabriel, Commercial Managing Director of Gerhard Schubert GmbH. For this reason, continuous investment in new technologies, employee development and infrastructure are important growth drivers and key factors in the family business’ steady upward trend.
The growth course of Schubert subsidiaries is unbroken
The subsidiaries in North America as well as the resurgence of Central Europe and the positive development of the order situation in Asia and Turkey significantly contributed to the economic results for 2019. Schubert North America with its various locations increased its turnover to a total of close to 83 million US dollars. Marcel Kiessling, Managing Director Sales and Service, sees the reasons for this in the continuous expansion of service features as well as the strongly increased awareness of the SCHUBERT brand in North America. The increased trade fair presence in North America in recent years plays an important role in this respect: “In 2019, we exhibited for the first time at two of the most important trade fairs for the food and baked goods industry in North America. We succeeded in winning over the internationally represented manufacturers on site with innovative and flexible machine solutions that are precisely tailored to their needs.” Exhibits such as the lightline Flowpacker have become real highlights on the international stage and have sparked many promising sales talks, which point to a continuation of the very positive development in North America. In Asia, too, the demand for automation is growing among food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics producers, and they are increasingly opting for an innovative system from Schubert. Favourable conditions also prevail for the new Schubert subsidiary in Shanghai, China: Just one and a half years after opening, Schubert Robotics is already starting the race with three orders, a new website and twice the team size.